The International Society of Cryptozoology (ISC) was founded in 1982 in Washington DC to serve as a scholarly center for documenting and evaluating evidence of unverified animals; that is, animal species or forms which have been reported in some manner but which have not been scientifically proven to exist.12 The study of such animals is known as cryptozoology, and Cryptozoology was also the title of its journal.3
According to its journal Cryptozoology, the ISC served "as a focal point for the investigation, analysis, publication, and discussion of all matters related to animals of unexpected form or size, or unexpected occurrence in time or space."4
Officers and Members
The President was Bernard Heuvelmans, and the Vice-President Roy Mackal. The Secretary was J Richard Greenwell (died 2005), of the University of Arizona.56 Loren Coleman, John Willison Green, and several other prominent cryptozoologists were either Life Members, Honorary Members, or Board Members.
The official emblem of the society was the okapi, chosen because although it was well known to the inhabitants of its region, it was unknown to the scientific world until 1901.7